Severe Weather From a Cold Front in Florida–in August?

Yep, you heard me right. There are tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the upper portion of the state of Florida today. This is not for the usual reason for this time of year, a tropical depression, storm, or hurricane. No, it’s because of the interaction between a (very) unseasonal cold front and warm, tropical air.

While I don’t mind at all that the temperature is now 75 degrees instead of 90, I have to wonder what this means for farmers, gardeners, and livestock growers. Will my fall garden have a chance to reach maturity, or will it suffer from an early freeze and untimely demise?

Update: The sky has gone dark, the rain is horizontal, the thunder is constant, large branches are being ripped off of trees, and the electricity is out. I think I’ll leave the office because I’m a little worried about a tree coming through the roof.

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    kc said,

    There was some wild weather going on here this afternoon…reminded me of November, not August! LOVE it…except when I got out on Hwy 17, there were LOTS of kinda large tree branches and tons of pine needles all over the highway. Interesting.

    Not 75 here, it’s 78, but I’ll take it. Got the front door open so the cats can look out, listening to the P-3’s in the pattern. I think the weather’s a fluke, not likely to damage our gardens…I hope!

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    swampie said,

    Heh. I was glad that the temp was in the 70s for the power outage! I hope so, too, but the weather has been kinda strange this summer. Maybe we’ll have snow this year.

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    swampie said,

    In, uh, winter, that is (NOT August!)

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